"Juneteenth" marking when the final slaves were set free at the end of the Civil War is an official state observance in 42 states but not Utah. That could change.
The House Government Operations Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to endorse HB338 and sent it to the full House. It would celebrate the third Saturday in June as a state day of commemoration for Juneteenth.
If the measure is adopted, Juneteenth would join a list of other state commemoration dates including Bill of Rights Day (Dec. 15), Constitution Day (Sept. 17), Utah State Flag Day (March 9) and POW/MIA Recognition Day (third Friday in September).